Alex Van Halen Remembers Brother Eddie with Heartfelt Message, Childhood Photo

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Tuesday’s news of the passing of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen was met with shock and sadness among the music community — and on Thursday morning, Eddie’s brother and band mate, drummer Alex Van Halen, issued a personal statement.

Submitted to the Van Halen News Desk, Alex’s message was brief but emotional:

“Hey Ed. Love you. See you on the other side. Your brother Al”

The photo accompanying the message was powerful:

Eddie Van Halen died after a “long and arduous” battle with cancer, according to his son, Wolfgang Van Halen:

Eddie’s ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, penned a heartfelt message:

40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you. You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang. Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”

David Lee Roth, who shared the stage with Eddie Van Halen for years, shared a photo from what looks like one of Van Halen’s more recent reunion tours:

Sammy Hagar, who also spent time singing for Van Halen, was left speechless by the news:

Other tributes to Eddie came from all walks of the “rock and roll” crowd, which flooded social media. Jimmy Page, John Mayer, Tom Morello, Joe Satriani, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne … the list is a long one, a representation of the reputation and legacy that Eddie Van Halen forged throughout his life and career.

May he rest in peace.

As a flashback, here’s a 1997 interview with both Eddie and Alex Van Halen.


  • mark porter says:

    I worked for a luggage/freight-handling company in the mid-80’s, and we occasionally got contracted to handle personal effects and smaller luggage items for entertainers that played here in Reno, Nv. ,ferrying them between the airport and whatever hotel they stayed at. We got to handle VH’s first tour stop with Hagar and I personally got to take care of Ed’s “luggage”, which consisted of one road case containing one of his Frankenstein red-/white striped guitars. To my knowledge this was one of his handcrafted axes, not a Kramer. Their road manager Bob Daitz rode with me to the hotel, hitting a Porta-pipe all the way🤣. The day they hit town their dad Jaan had had a major heart attack and Daitz told me the brothers were very torn up about it. I asked him to convey my best wishes for his recovery and was told “Why don’t you tell them yourself tomorrow when you return to the airport with the guitar, they’ll be in the upper concourse.” I just about had a stroke! Sure enough, the following day, Daitz met me at the hotel with ax in hand, and we headed to the airport. Alex was yanking the slot machines that pepper the upper concourse and he looked as if he was stoned and had red eyes from crying. They both really loved their father and Eddie’s extended solo during their show was especially emotional for him, visibly crying during a portion of it. I told Alex that I hoped everything would work out for the best. He told me which door to knock on and to say that I was with “security via Bob” when Eddie’s assistant opened the door. I walk in and here he is, sitting in a chair with headphones on( no doubt listening to demos) and the assistant tells him who I am and that I delivered the ax to and from the hotel. Eddie stuck his hand out and gave me a good strong shake and I proceeded to have a one on one chat with the world’s greatest guitarist for what must have been at least 10 minutes. We talked about his dad and I expressed my best wishes. I believe I probably blurted out the typical fanboy garbage that stars here every day, but he couldn’t have been more down to earth and gracious to me. I left with an autograph that I’ll always cherish “Look Out, Here Comes Mark!” -Eddie Van Halen 5150. Unfortunately this was way before cell phones so the autograph is all I have to prove my story. The only other person who would be able to verify it just left this planet a couple days ago. Thanks so much, Eddie, for THIS fan’s encounter of a lifetime. I’m bringing my bass when I get to the other side so I can maybe get a chance to jam with you.

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